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France. At least five tracks existed in France including two in Paris, Cachan and Piste de la porte de Cholay, Lyon, Dieppe and Dunkirk. Four tracks survived into the modern era, but sadly, all are now defunct.

Lyon. Couzon au Mont d'Or

 Lyon, Couzon au Mont d'Or EM 1979 George Fausch Rossi possibly?
Track in 2005 Otto Stroebel opening the EC Pit area

The Lyon track at Couzon au Mont d'Or hosted the World Championship in 1995 and five European Championships from 1974 to 2005 until subsidence and vandalism caused it to close just a few years ago.


Perched on the cliff top overlooking the town of Dieppe, the track featured twin circles for the smaller and larger classes. Its position right beside a main road and with housing immediately opposite was hardly ideal, finally being closed around forty years ago. It hosted the European Championships in 1968, before horsing aprons came into use. The track remained until the car park it occupied was extended just a few years ago. Severe cliff falls are putting the nearby houses and site in peril, so a last series of photos before it was dug up.

Still on IGN map School stadium in background Car park and roadside location
Double track, no apron Horsing circle Pylon plug still in place

Thanks to Phil Abott and his family we have this aerial photo of the track. To the left of the track is the Rue de Pourville before any houses were built along that stretch and in the foreground, the municipal campsite that was still in existence into the 90s, now a golf course. The cliff fall is now nearly back to the bend in the road.

For interest, the winners at the EC in 68.
Class 1 V. Oerkeyni 165.440kph
Class 2 Lothar Runkehl 192.220kph
Class 3 Jozsef Peto 220.850kph
Class 4 Harald Arlautzki 240.320kph

Club de Modelisme de Cachan Paris

This photograph of Horst Denneler was the heading for a feature on tethered cars and the Paris track and roughly translated talks about a racing car going by at speed on the concrete track. We believe the horser (lancer) to be Manfred Pfefferle.

Cachan hosted races until 1980, the last event being in April before the races were moved to Lyon. The last winners at the track were Serge Holc, Manfred Pfefferle, Bernd Burk and Celestin Duran. OPS was already dominant in 5cc with Rossi still to the fore in 10cc, but OPS taking over within months.

The photos below were taken in October 1979 by the late Geoff Sheppard who travelled to the meeting with David Giles, European Champion and record holder in 5cc. David recalls that he won the class at this meeting. The track was in an area used by the council to store coaches and bin lorries and in a built up area as well. The two circles were to accommodate tethered cars on the inner and control line aircraft on the outer. The site also had a sports club with refreshment and toilet facilities. CMC is still functioning, primarily for team racing.

Michel Duran ready with the broom
Manfred Pfefferle horsing
Celestin Duran        Michel Duran
 Manfred Pfefferle
Minimal protection for those running cars
Pit scene, Denneler L, Serge Holc R 213k 2.5cc 231k 5cc 265k 10cc Horst Denneler, Michel Duran, David Giles